Want to be a nurse? If you already have a degree you CAN still apply for a bursary but be quick…


Date: 18th Jul 2017

Graduates looking for a career in nursing have one last chance to have their training funded by the NHS. But you’ve got to be quick as the funding is only available for those starting their studies in September.

Our two-year postgraduate Diploma in Nursing allows graduates with an honours degree, at least a 2:2 in a relevant area such as Psychology or Biology or at least a 2:1 in a non-relevant subject, to take the next steps towards a rewarding career in nursing.

This is the only nursing course which students still have the chance to gain funding for since the Government scrapped nursing degree bursaries this year.

Sue West, Dean of the faculty of Society and Health, said: “Embarking upon a university education, in any subject, may seem financially daunting, but there are so many schemes to help you with funding that university should never prove unaffordable.

“A career in nursing is one of the most fulfilling careers with lots of scope and opportunity for growth and development. It’s a career that gives you access to work across a variety of care settings – be it hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes or the community. With the care needs of our population growing, the demand for highly able and committed health professionals is only likely to grow.”

So what is the diploma bursary in simple terms?

Eligible diploma nursing students from the UK and EU will have their tuition fees paid in full by the Department of Health for the two years of their course.

As well as the bursary, all eligible students will be able to apply for a non-means tested annual grant of £1,000 from the NHS Bursary Scheme which will help with other costs of training.

But applicants need to apply now and be quick as there is a capped number of students which the University returns to the NHS.

Find out more information about the course and how to apply and visit our funding pages to find out more about applying for a bursary. You can visit our dedicated Clearing 2017 pages.

The Funding Clinic website has more information on funding arrangements for studying pre-registration nursing programmes and what it could mean for you.

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Outside of formal financial help, there are lots of other steps you can take to ensure studying for your dream job doesn’t become a financial burden:

  • Pick right

When you are deciding where to study, choose somewhere that gives you a bit more value for money. For instance at Bucks New University, we offer a guaranteed place in halls for the first year, and a package of free recreational activities, sports, entertainment, events and societies, skills workshops and training - our Big Deal initiative. This means you can add to your CV and enjoy the social side of university without it costing any more. So be sure to do your homework when researching universities.

  • Budget, then budget again

Make a plan of how much everything will cost during your first week of term and try to stick to it every week. Plan for essential expenses first – your biggest expense will be accommodation but don’t forget electricity, water and other bills. Then budget for the rest – food, petrol, mobile phone etc.

  • Take advantage

Enjoy student discounts by using your NUS card where you can, and use it for discounted travel.

  • Use recycling websites and sell, sell, sell!

Websites like freecycle.org mean you can furnish your new place for free or even grab a free bike to cycle between campus and home. Got things you don’t need anymore? Sell them, especially old textbooks – some are surprisingly valuable.

  • Be smart with your money

Choose a student bank account as many offer good terms such as interest free overdrafts. Make sure you claim all the money you are entitled to - talk to your students’ union if you aren’t sure. Also try to get a part time job that will fit around your studies. But the most important thing is, don’t ignore financial difficulties – speak to your student centre and get advice as soon as possible. Studying for your career should be an exciting and rewarding time, so if you plan and are sensible, your finances should not get in the way of that.

Sue added: “A career in healthcare, whatever professional route you decide to take, is a very rewarding one. You will be faced with new challenges every day and will be part of the solutions, so don’t let financial worries stop you from achieving your dream to become a registered nurse or healthcare professional, and make a difference to people when they are at their most vulnerable.”


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